Early Saturday morning, thirty-two-year-old (32) Gilberto Contreras-Lopez was struck and killed while crossing the street in central Phoenix. According to police, the accident occurred at 10th street and Indian School Road when a Volkswagen struck Mr. Lopez as he was crossing the street. Mr. Lopez was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating the incident, and believe the twenty-eight-year-old (28) driver of the vehicle may have been impaired at the time of the accident.
When a person dies at the fault of another, certain family members are entitled to recover compensation through the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit is different from a personal injury lawsuit in that a wrongful death claim is filed by a family member of the deceased or the deceased’s estate, whereas, a personal injury claim is filed by the victim of the accident. Further, the purpose of a wrongful death claim is to provide monetary compensation for the emotional and financial injuries suffered by the family members of the deceased. Alternatively, the purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to provide the victim with compensation based on the injuries he/she suffered as a result of the accident.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, contact the wrongful death attorneys at Oracle Law Group today!